Following an incredible 2011/12 season, Newcastle are finding the current campaign much more difficult. Despite an encouraging start, Alan Pardew's side are slowly sliding down the the table and are now just four points off the relegation zone.
A combination of fixture congestion and injuries have been blamed, and with news that midfield playmaker Yohan Cabaye and defender Steven Taylor will be sidelined until February, the situation doesn't look like it will improve anytime soon.
The best solution for Pardew is to strengthen in January and owner Mike Ashley is believed to be prepared to hand the Toon boss a reasonable transfer budget.
Click on the arrow to see five potential transfer targets who could revitalise Newcastle in the new year.
Which of these targets should Newcastle look to bring in during January? Which areas do they need to strengthen? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below...